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Further casting announced for A Few Good Men

Preview by Jack Foley

FURTHER casting for A Few Good Men has been announced. Joining Rob Lowe will be Suranne Jones, Coronation Street's Karen McDonald; Jack Ellis, Bad Girls' Jim Fenner and John Barrowman.

Barrowman has previously appeared on stage in the musicals Chicago and Anything Goes; while his film credits include Delovely and the forthcoming screen version of The Producers. He was most recently seen on TV in Dr Who.

Previously Posted: Former West Wing star, Rob Lowe, will make his West End debut in a new version of the 1980 play, A Few Good Men, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 6 to December 17, 2005 (previews from August 18).

The new production has been written by West Wing creator, Aaron Sorkin, and focuses on a military court case in which Marines stationed at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, are accused of murdering their peer, despite insisting that they were acting under orders.

Lowe will play Lt Daniel Kaffee, the military attorney who agrees to defend the soldiers.


A Few Good Men was memorably turned into a Hollywood movie in 1992, starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson.

Its final courtroom confrontation is often cited by movie fans as one of the great film moments of all-time, so it will be interesting to see whether Lowe can measure up to such high standards.

As yet, however, no further casting has been announced for the London version, although the production will be directed by David Esbjornsen, whose previous US credits include Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?).

Rob Lowe will be known to millions of TV and movie fans following high-profile roles in shows such as The West Wing and films such as About Last Night, St Elmos Fire and The Outsiders.

His re-teaming with Sorkin goes some way to quashing speculation surrounding his departure from The West Wing, when it was rumoured that he had fallen out with the show's writer.

But putting the lie to such claims, Lowe recently told Variety magazine: "I try to make it a policy to stay on good terms with the few geniuses I know in the world.

"There was never a problem between us, and this was a case of kismet. I called him, and when he told me he was adapting the play for the West End, it was exactly what I wanted to do."

A Few Good Men will replace the musical Acorn Antiques, which is currently at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until May 21, 2005.

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